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Copyright: Catalin Josan (methos) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 213 W: 51 N: 281] (1189)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-06-08
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS Rebel XTi, Sigma 150mm F2.8 APO Macro DG HSM, HOYA 72mm UV
Exposure: f/11, 1/125 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-06-09 13:56
Viewed: 4115
Points: 12
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Four-spotted Chaser, known in North America as the Four-spotted Skimmer (Libellula quadrimaculata) is a dragonfly of the family Libellulidae found throughout Europe, Asia, and North America.

A common species of Dragonfly. In the United Kingdom, the adult stage is found between April to early September. Mid May to mid August in Ireland. Larvae have a two year developemental cycle. Adults feeding predominantly on mosquitos, gnats and midges, the larvae feed primarily on other aquatic insect larvae and on tadpoles.

There is a variant form, praenubila Newman, which has exaggerated wing spots. This is believed to be related to water temperatures during larval development, and appears to be more common in Europe than in the Americas.

The male is considered to be highly aggressive and will defend a given territory from incursions from other males of the species. The male is known to form preferences for prominent perches and will often return to the same perches around the margins of pools and ponds whilst it patrols for intruders. Both Sexes are prolific fliers and mating takes place in the air, rather than on perches or amongst the vegetation. The female lays her eggs on floating vegetation.

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Fantastic shot, Catalin,
this dragon is marvelous, I love the sharpness and the brilliant colours, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • trinko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 587 W: 78 N: 322] (4321)
  • [2007-06-09 15:06]

interesting subject focus seems to be a bit off there seems to be some sort of color cast dragonfly is a little dark

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  • delic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 440 W: 6 N: 310] (898)
  • [2007-06-09 18:09]

Great detail and color against an impressionist background. Well done. Regards,

hi catalin; superb macro; great details well done

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2007-06-10 6:50]

Catalin, lovely colors and excellent composition. Too good TFS Ganesh

Hello Catalin
Very intersting spiece to shoot,
Perfect details and composition,
Great POV,Superb shot.


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